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SevenevesWhat would happen if the world were endingA catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb In a feverish race against the inevitable nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the. Okay so the first two thirds of this was shaping up to be pretty much my favorite book ever like if someone had called me up and said okay we will get any author you name and they will write exactly the book you would like to read just give us a list of what you wantAnd then I gave them a list something like this and was like NEAL STEPHENSON PLEASE Someone succeeding through clever means APOCALYPSE Something grand being destroyed in an epic fashion People trapped together People working together toward a common goalto solve a problem The story builds from a sort of contrived situation or scenario eg uakers in space in this case the moon explodes People who are very good at what they do because they work hard at it Details about people's jobs Chosen familycommunity building People living proscribed lives eg military religious orders royalty astronauts FEMALE astronauts Discovering the hidden workings of something Being thrust into a position of power or responsibility and having to figure it outAnd it was exactly what I wanted At firstLet's just sayI should have asked for Ursula Le Guin to write the last part There were a lot of interesting cultural directions the story could have gone but it felt like they'd sent an engineer to do an anthropologist's job

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Free read Seveneves ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ What would happen if the world were endingA catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb In a feverish race against the inevitable nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere in outer spacUrvivors remainFive thousand years later their progeny seven distinct races now three billion strong embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time Earth. Seveneves 600 pages of infodumping leaves little room for plot developmentOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureI must be developing an immunity to the Kool Aid that Neal Stephenson serves his fans Snow Crash and Crytonomicon are two of my favorite books but I was lukewarm towards The Diamond Age and then hit a wall with Anathem So when I heard he was coming out with Seveneves and that the plot was much like traditional “hard” SF than his earlier cyberpunk steampunk nanotech cryptography technothriller works I wasn’t sure I’d like it But really there’s only one way to know if you like a book or not – you have to read it for yourselfBasically when you have over 900 pages to work with you can dedicate hundreds of pages to detailed world building and still have plenty of time for complex characterizations and a very extensive plot You’d think that was enough for any author but we’re talking about Neal Stephenson here His infodumps can bring even the most dedicated geeks to their knees and that is what his die hard fans are looking for I didn’t mind his infodumps in Cryptonomicon since they were interesting in their own right but I was completely defeated by the esoteric mathematic and philosophical discussions of Anathem which I found extremely tedious In Seveneves the infodumps essentially constitute the first 500 600 pages Once we know that the moon has been destroyed and then surface of the Earth will be inundated with meteorites in the first paragraph Stephenson then decides that the best way to further the story is to describe in painstaking detail every single technological and engineering difficulty that humanity will face The amount of research he has done is stupendous and he clearly admires Neil de Grasse Tyson who appears in barely fictional form He throws a bunch of scientists and astronauts into the unwanted role of being humanity’s only hope of survival Despite the book length he doesn’t devote any time to the fate of the seven billion members of humanity who have been handed a death sentence Instead we are treated to chapter after chapter dedicated to problems of geosynchronous orbits propellant limitations tiny meteor strikes artificial habitats etc etcFor me the first two thirds of the book were really heavy going Even thought Stephenson introduces a long list of characters it’s hard to get into their innermost thoughts despite the dire situation facing them As crisis follows crisis the odds get and insurmountable There are plenty of fascinating details but the pace of progress is really slow Finally humanity finds itself down to just seven women or “seveneves” With extinction looming these women must make a momentous decision on how to survive Their council sets the stage for the creation of seven races of humans that evolve from themFast forwarding 5000 years the story finally brings us to the part that I was actually interested in the resettling and terraforming of the Earth after the meteorite storm And when he does start to describe the new races of humanity each descended from the original Seveneves the scenario is well described and such a contrast to the dire straights of the first two thirds of the book Here Stephenson is again in his element giving us a well constructed future society with complex interactions There is a huge amount of potential here for a multi volume far future epic about terraforming the Earth along the lines of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy The big problem is that we have already had to slog through 600 pages just to reach this point and now have only 300 pages left to establish the new far future scenario and actually incorporate a viable plot that can be wrapped up in that short spanUnfortunately just like in The Diamond Age Stephenson again runs out of pages to deliver a satisfactory storyline after all the world building He hasn’t learned how to forward the story amid all the technical descriptions I know he can achieve this as he did in Snow Crash and Crytonomicon but this book felt a lot like the existential torture of Anathem which I couldn’t finish In fact the abrupt nature of the ending of Seveneves suggests ample room for a seuel which is really irritating since the least he could do is give us a stand alone novel if it’s almost 1000 pages long I know there are plenty of readers out there who don’t mind multi volume door stopper epics but I have 400 books on my TBR list so I won’t be lining up to read the seuel if it does appearI listened to the audiobook narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal who does the first two thirds set right after the moon is destroyed and Will Damron who does the far future portion I’d have to say that Kowal is facing an uphill battle with a very exposition heavy narrative that I already found boring and she makes it much worse by doing a terrible job trying to make the male voices sound male by doing this silly low voice that sounds ridiculous especially for the de Grasse character Perhaps it’s easier for male narrators to do female voices but this just sounded awkward When we go forward 5000 years into the future we also get a new narrator Will Damron which is a huge relief both due to the change in storyline and because he does a much better job

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Survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere in outer spaceBut the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers until only a handful of s. From Neal StephensonTo William Morrow PublisherDear FriendsI've got a great idea for a new novel I've decided to call it Seveneves which is a palindrome In case you didn't know a palindrome is a word phrase number or other seuence of characters which reads the same backward or forward Allowances may be made for adjustments to capital letters punctuation and word dividers By the way punctuation prior to the development of printing was light and haphazard William Caxton 1474 the first printer of books in English used three punctuation marks the stroke for marking word groups the colon for marking distinct syntactic pauses and the period for marking the ends of sentences and brief pausesAnyway the idea for Seveneves came to me when I wondered to myself What would happen if the world were ending And what would be a fantastic way to end the world than by having the moon explode I will keep folks on tenterhooks hooks used to fasten cloth on a drying frame or tenter by not telling them why just referring to the source of the explosion cryptically as The Agent and break into several large pieces that then break into smaller and smaller pieces and eventual fall out of orbit towards Earth where they will rain down total destruction upon all living things on the surface of the Earth The surface of the earth is known to geologists as the crust and the crust occupies less than 1% of Earth's volume The oceanic crust of the sheet is different from its continental crust The oceanic crust is 5 km 3 mi to 10 km 6 mi thick and is composed primarily of basalt diabase and gabbro gabbro of course being a dark coarse grained plutonic rock of crystalline texture consisting mainly of pyroxene plagioclase feldspar and often olivineAnd when the best thinkers on Earth deduce that they are going to be smashed to smithereens always wondered where that word came from perhaps from the Irish smidiríní they team up and try to get a large group of humans off the Earth and colonized in space orbit around Earth in the two years they have before the great rain of particles reaches its most destructive phase One of the main characters will be a thinly disguised Neil deGrasse Tyson and I'll throw in a guy who is suspiciously similar to Elon Musk just to keep things fresh Elon Musk you'll remember is a South African born Canadian American business magnate engineer inventor and investor He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity Musk has also envisioned a conceptual high speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion That whole area interests me greatly by the way and so I think I'm going to focus a lot on orbital mechanics when I get to the part where the survivors colonize space because really who cares about the billions of people that will end up fried to a crisp back on planet Earth I mean where is the drama in that when we've got bolide trajectory calculations and solar radiation calculations and theories about the feasibility of various throws and holds of Greco Roman wrestling in zero gravity Of course you know that Greco Roman US or Graeco Roman UK wrestling is a style of wrestling that is practiced worldwide It was contested at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every edition of the summer Olympics held since 1908 According to the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles FILA Greco Roman wrestling is one of the six main forms of amateur competitive wrestling practised internationally today The other five forms are Freestyle wrestling GrapplingSubmission wrestling Beach wrestling Pankration athlima AlyshBelt wrestling and TraditionalFolk wrestlingOh and there will be a super big comet shard that comes into play because they'll need the water from that shard to be heated and the steam used as propulsion to move the space station and its adjoining linked spacecrafts containing the Earth's remaining population into a higher orbit so that the survivors don't get pulled back into the Earth's gravity and have a chance at living off the planet for several thousand years until the Earth is ready to be repopulated There will be plenty of super detailed descriptions of all of this stuff for many hundreds of pages in the book so don't worry if you've missed something or it's unclear I believe it was Shakespeare who said brevity is the soul of wit but I'm not going for wit with this book I'm going for the antithesis of wit with this novel so if we think of brevity as A and the soul of wit as B then AB and of course in propositional logic transposition is a valid rule of replacement that permits one to switch the antecedent with the conseuent of a conditional statement in a logical proof if they are also both negated It is the inference from the truth of A implies B the truth of Not B implies not A and conversely Further I'd propose that it is very closely related to the rule of inference modus tollens But I do throw in something kinda funny around page 786So finally after I've invested all this time and effort into the incredibly detailed world building and tossed in a huge number of thinly sketched characters to help make the incredibly ornate some might say rococo rəˈkoʊkoʊ or roʊkəˈkoʊ less commonly roccoco or Late Baroue you know the 18th century artistic movement and style affecting many aspects of the arts including painting sculpture architecture interior design decoration literature music and theatre that developed in the early 18th century in Paris France as a reaction against the grandeur symmetry and strict regulations of the Baroue especially of the Palace of Versailles Rococo artists and architects used a jocular florid and graceful approach to the Baroue accumulation of facts and descriptions digestible and relatable to someone who is not either a post doctoral MIT graduate or an individual somewhere on the autism spectrum I'm gonna throw a curve at the reader by starting the third section of the book with Five Thousand Years Later I can just imagine my readers hugging themselves with delight at this audacious leap forwardI don't want to go into detail about the final third of the book so let's just say that it will provide users with a complicated description of the architectural engineering involved in housing 3 billion people in space as well as the anthropological genetic and cultural ramifications of humans living in space for thousands of years all while keeping the interior lives of these people at a far remove so that my readers don't get bogged down in all that interpersonal and emotional complexityIf I can just say in closing heterozygosity is super important to the themes I'm trying to grapple with in what I consider to be a fairly streamlined and gripping fast paced thriller Remember a diploid organism is heterozygous at a gene locus when its cells contain two different alleles of a gene The cell or organism is called a heterozygote specifically for the allele in uestion therefore heterozygosity refers to a specific genotypeI should have the first draft of this book ready for your perusal sometime in the next few years or so so please book me into a meeting with the art department sometime around then I look forward to working with you to make this next book a huge successYour trulyNealPS I cannot stress enough the importance of heterozygosity to the narrative PSS Oh and bolides Look it up